Joe Barry and colleagues at the Banner, c.1980
Joe Barry and colleagues (including son Danny Barry, at far left) at the Dimboola Banner newspaper and printers, c.1980.
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From the collection of Dimboola & District Historical Society.
Joe Barry (second from left) finished school and took up a job at the Dimboola Banner in 1948. Starting out as a “printer’s devil” responsible for all manner of dirty jobs, he gradually acquired a range of trade skills in compositing and setting type and in operating various printing presses and other machines.
In Joe Barry’s early years at the Banner, the newspaper employed sixteen people and printed, in addition to the Banner paper itself, a number of now defunct newspapers for other towns throughout the Wimmera and Mallee including the Beulah Star, the Minyip Guardian, the Murtoa - Dunmunkle Standard, the Rainbow News and the Birchip Guardian. It also undertook all manner of other job printing work, meaning that a long-term employee like Joe inevitably developed into a “jack of all trades”.